When Rivals can be Friends…
It was a day to suspend the natural rivalry that exists between Yankees Fans and Red Sox Fans…
On a beautiful Sunday near Fenway Park, I met Julia of Julia’s Rants. She was a very gracious host, and gave me an insider’s tour of the area.
We took a long walk around Fenway Park, and I was able to envision what the area must look and smell like on game day…
We ducked into Game On!, a restaurant attached to Fenway Park, for lunch…
Julia had a BLT, while I went with the Tuna Salad Pita Sandwich. While we ate, I had very strange feeling that I’d heard the name of the restaurant before. During lunch, Julia gave me a gift for making the trip to Boston. I may not have known who the Boston mascot was before, but I do now!
After lunch, Julia took me to the finish line for the Boston Marathon, which is on Boylston Street at the Boston Public Library. As a long distance runner, I harbor grand illusions of actually one day qualifying for the Boston Marathon. So, it was inspiring to see where I could eventually be running if my legs would ever cooperate in my attempts to make the qualifying time required for entry.
From Boylston Street, we walked over to the Prudential Center and went up to the 50th Floor Observation Deck known as the Prudential Skywalk. Julia had a Red Sox jacket on and the young girl who took our tickets asked Julia if the Sox were playing tomorrow. When Julia responded that they were, the girl proceeded to do a cute little dance. Red Sox passion, you can’t help but admire it. The views from the Skywalk were breathtaking, and I was in awe of the countless historic buildings below.
After taking our time walking the perimeter of the Skywalk, we resumed our hike down Newbury Street. After seeing blocks and blocks of great shops, I couldn’t help but think that if Leigh Teixeira’s desire for Mark to sign with the Yankees was because of Manhattan shopping, she obviously has never been to Newbury Street.
We made our way to the Public Garden and Boston Common, walking through both parks. Boston Common reminded me of Central Park on a smaller scale, but without the thugs. It was a very nice day in Boston, and the general feeling of euphoria was shared by the hundreds of people in the parks.
After leaving Boston Common, we came across the highlight of my day. The original Cheers bar! The bar, formerly called the Bull & Finch Pub, was used for the exterior shots of the TV series Cheers. It is now called Cheers Beacon Hill and is located on Beacon Street. There was a strange sense of déjà vu as we traveled down the steps to the bar. I kept looking for Norm and Cliff but didn’t see them anywhere. Somehow, I was expecting everyone to yell ‘Scott!’ when I walked in but alas it didn’t happen…
We walked back to Fenway Park, where I said farewell to Julia. It was the end of a great day, and it certainly gave me a better understanding for why Julia is so passionate about her Red Sox. You can see how excited she gets when she talks about her team, and you realize how much she loves the game of baseball. I know very few people who enjoy the game as much as she does. When she says that the Red Sox are going to win it all, you realize she may be right.
Wait a minute! What am I saying? The Yankees are going to win it all!
I have to say that I had a fantastic time in Boston. It is a wonderful city, and if I had been born in the Boston area, there is no doubt that I’d be a Red Sox fan. I found the city to be very clean, and the people were very warm, friendly and inviting. Of course, they didn’t know my secret identity…
Hey Julia, Game On!
By the way, there’s one thing that I don’t understand about Red Sox fans. Why would anyone want to worship a pair of socks!
He’s (nearly) back! After initial reports had Alex Rodriguez’s return set for mid-May, there is now talk that he may be back by the end of the month. He is recovering very nicely, and says he is about 70% healthy. He’s apparently already begun taking batting practice, and will be traveling to Tampa in a week where the Yankees will be able to evaluate his progress.
My biggest concern would be for a premature return before he’s completely healed. Plus, I’ve kind of been enjoying the ‘distraction-free’ aura of Yankees camp for the past month. It’s been rather nice not hearing about ‘roids or A-Rod’s love life over the past few weeks…
OPENING DAY LINEUP
The Yankees opening day lineup in Baltimore against the Orioles will be:
1-Derek Jeter, ss
2-Johnny Damon, lf
3-Mark Teixeira, 1b
4-Hideki Matsui, dh
5-Jorge Posada, c
6-Robinson Cano, 2b
7-Xavier Nady, rf
8-Cody Ransom, 3b
9-Brett Gardner, cf
Starting Pitcher: CC Sabathia
Here’s hoping the magic of the original Yankee Stadium finds its way across the street…